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Steph Richards

"Steph Richards is an emerging maestro..." New York Times

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”Listening through Steph's music can feel like scrolling through an extravagant special effects library, one uniquely attuned to the human condition as well the remarkable expanse of music that makes up avant garde and experimental Jazz. Sounding like everything from a synthesized Louis Armstrong to whales barking at the moon, Steph has created a sonic palette contoured perfectly to the bands she leads, as well as the internationally renowned artists she collaborates with. Working with everyone from Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton, and John Zorn, to Yoko Ono, David Byrne and electro-pop star St. Vincent, Steph consistently finds ways to fit into music that often defies acceptable norms within a variety of traditional musical landscapes. Benefiting from a versatile technical toolset, fluid musical imaginative, and ingenuity, Steph is delightfully indiscriminate when it comes to exploring the vast tonality of music she entertains. “ —Kevin Whitehead, NPR's Fresh Air

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